Published: 29th October 2019
Grade 10 exams commence in Kashmir, students allege hardship due to non-availability of public transport
The students also expressed disappointment over the government's decision not to give relaxation in the syllabus in view of non-functioning of educational institutes
The annual tenth grade examination commenced on Tuesday under unprecedented security situation in Kashmir valley, where people are protesting against scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35 A on August 5, 2019.
However, students alleged hardship due to non-availability of public transport in the valley, where clashes were reported since early this morning from many parts, including downtown and uptown in Srinagar.
Official sources said that over 60,000 students are appearing in Class 10th examination in Kashmir division, where 4000 centres have been set up for the purpose.
''Some examination centres were changed due to security reasons and alternate arrangements were made for smooth conduct of the annual examination,'' they said.
They said the examination started at 1230 hrs and commenced at 1530 hrs. But, students alleged that they faced a lot of hardship while commuting from homes to their respective examination centres due to non-availability of public transport.
The students also expressed disappointment over the government's decision not to give relaxation in the syllabus in view of non-functioning of educational institutes, including government and private schools, since August 5.
''We had to face a lot of hardship due to non-availability of public transport. I had to walk for over half-an-hour before hitchhiking to my examination centre. The authorities had claimed that they have provided transportation, but no such thing has been done,'' a student at an examination centre in S P School in Civil Lines, Srinagar, said.
He further said that even though 50 per cent syllabus was completed due to closure of educational institutes, no relaxation was given.
''When only 50 per cent syllabus was completed how can we give examination for 100 per cent syllabus. And how is it going to help us compete in competitive examinations,'' he said.